Category: Legislative Updates


Senate Public Safety Committee Examines COVID-19 in State Prisons

On Wednesday, the Senate Public Safety Committee convened an informational hearing to assess COVID-19 in California’s state prisons. Committee Chair Senator Nancy Skinner opened Wednesday’s hearing by providing an overview of the current COVID-19 case counts within state prisons among inmates and staff, as well as remarks on the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s…

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Senate Convenes Joint Informational Hearing to Examine COVID-19 in California’s U.S.-Mexico Border Region

On Tuesday, the Senate Select Committee on California-Mexico Cooperation and the Senate Special Committee on Pandemic Emergency Response convened an informational hearing to examine the impact of COVID-19 on the California-Mexico border region. The hearing began with opening remarks from Select Committee Chair Senator Ben Hueso, Special Committee Chair Senator Lena Gonzalez, and Consul General…

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Legislature Concludes House of Origin Hearings, Vote by Mail Legislation Signed by Governor

This week the Legislature finished their house of origin hearings with the Senate Appropriations Committee meeting to dispense with their suspense file measures. Of interest to local health departments, SB 793, Senator Jerry Hill’s proposal to ban flavored tobacco, did pass off the suspense file (5-1) with amendments to exempt the sale of flavored shisha…

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Senate Rules Committee Advances Angell Confirmation

On Wednesday, the Senate Rules Committee advanced to the Senate Floor the confirmation of California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Sonia Angell on a vote of 4-0 with one member not voting. During the Senate Rules Committee hearing, Senators extensively queried Dr. Angell on the state’s ongoing response activities…

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Senate, Assembly Convene Hearings on COVID-19 and SNFs

This week, the Senate and Assembly convened separate hearings on COVID-19 outbreaks in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) throughout the state. Below, we detail the two hearings: Assembly Health and Assembly Aging & Long-Term Care Committees Assess the State’s Response On Tuesday, the Assembly Health Committee and the Assembly Aging & Long-Term Care Committee convened a…

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Assembly Hears Appropriation Suspense File Measures, CHEAC Measure Advances

On Wednesday, the Assembly Appropriations Committee convened its suspense file hearing, determining the fate of numerous bills amid limited budget resources due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Assembly Appropriations Committee Chair Lorena Gonzalez opened Wednesday’s hearing noting that the committee had referred 188 out of 307 bills to the suspense file on Tuesday, representing over…

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Legislature on Fast Track

Despite the holiday weekend, the Senate conducted budget hearings throughout the Memorial Day weekend, and with the shortened week this week, they also wrapped up their policy committee hearings. As you may recall, the Assembly returned to Sacramento a week earlier than the Senate, so there was some catch-up to do in the upper chamber….

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